Patriotic decorating is a fantastic way to display your American pride from Memorial Day until the 4th of July. I begin decorating early in May. Of course, no self respecting farmhouse is complete without bunting falling gracefully from the windows. The cloth bunting tends to be a little pricey, so I shop the "after" sales. I probably picked each cloth bunting up for no more than $5.00 each. Patriotic and thrifty! Using the large, suction cups keeps the bunting up even in the strongest of winds.
One of my favorite decorations is this picture my youngest son took. The American flag in the picture was flown over our nation's capital at the request of Congressman Gene Taylor. The Bible is opened to Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Laying on the Bible is his Eagle Scout badge. He framed each picture and gave them as gifts to the people who supported him along his path to the rank of Eagle Scout. Special memories.
My dad is recovering from a recent surgery, so we want to keep him cool and comfortable. We will be eating inside this year instead of under the oaks. I think this table setting will do...red chargers, white Pfaltzgraff plates, blue plaid napkins, and of course a few stars for sparkle!
This little display is on a table in the kitchen. I love the little chicken and milk bottle.
This is a little black bench which I picked up at a small shop in Foley, Alabama. It's decorated with a patriotic basket to welcome our friends to the front doors of Still Woods.
These are the same wreaths I used last year, so I am itching to do a little updating, but for now, they will do!
This table usually sits under the front or back porch. It likes to
meander around and is a wonderful table for placing a well read book and
offers a place to hold a glass of sweet iced tea on a hot, summer day. I just love bandanas!
If you stopped by Still Woods at Christmas, you know that I collect nutcrackers. Here is one of my patriotic nutcrackers displayed beside a "Liberty" plate.
Our reading room is painted a dark blue. A perfect backdrop for a little patriotic decorating! My favorite piece in this room is the vintage looking flag display on the table.
I purchased the flag display at this lovely store in Pigeon Forge, TN. I took a short trip to the mountains in early June and was saddened to see that Rebecca's Thyme is no longer in business. Isn't this the type of store that makes you want to stop and venture in? So long, I will miss you!
Other than cloth bunting, no farmhouse is complete without a comfy swing for whiling away the warm summer evenings. If this swing could talk, it would tell such wonderful tales. We have had it for so long. It still has the gnaw marks left by our precious 110 pound dog, Prancer, who is now in doggy heaven. It has swung fretting babies to sleep, been a perfect spot to spin a tale or two, held many a couple holding hands, and is a terrific spot for reading a book. Today it is showing a little red, white, and blue with a comfy pillow. Perfect spot for an afternoon nap!
I bought two white window frames at a small antique store in D'Iberville, MS and haven't decided what to do with them. For now, one of them lends a little character to a table set between two rocking chairs on the front porch. Why don't you stop by and we can sit and chat a spell!
Happy 4th of July and Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!